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"Frida Kahlo. Una vita per immagini" (A life in pictures) in Palermo, Italy

21 October 2023 | 03 March 2024

The exhibition traces Frida's biography through the lens of great photographers, with some of whom Frida also had a love affair. However, the relationship with photography is central to Frida's life, which began in childhood, alongside her father, an established professional photographer.

Through a hundred of shots, most of which are original, the exhibition reconstructs the events of the great Mexican artist's countercultural life, in search of the motivations that turned her into a female and pop icon at an international level. The photos were taken by her father Guillermo during his daughter's childhood and youth and then by some of the greatest photographers of her time: Leo Matiz, Imogen Cunninghan, Edward Weston, Lucienne Bloch, Bernard Silbertein, Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo, Nickolas Muray and others. In this extraordinary 'photo album', the often painful, but always passionate events of a life, as well as Frida's loves, friendships and adventures, are chronicled.

Also on display are a group of small, very intimate photographs of Frida, taken by gallery owner Julien Levy.

Finally, a number of documents are exhibited, such as the original catalogue of Frida's exhibition organised by André Breton in Paris, the first 'manifesto of revolutionary painting' signed by Breton and Rivera, some lithographs by Rufino Tamayo, a photographic documentation of her famous Casa Azul and finally a video that collects the few filmed images of the great Mexican artist.

At the Galleria d’Arte Moderna
via Sant’Anna, 21